Panis fastest Brazilian GP final practice

Panis fastest Brazilian GP final practice

Saturday's final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix was a quiet affair with a few improvements in the times from the first session. Toyota's Olivier Panis was the surprise front runner, setting a best of 1:13.457 ahead of Michael Schumacher...

Saturday's final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix was a quiet affair with a few improvements in the times from the first session. Toyota's Olivier Panis was the surprise front runner, setting a best of 1:13.457 ahead of Michael Schumacher and the Renault of Jarno Trulli.

Olivier Panis.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Drivers were quickly out onto the track, Jordan's Ralph Firman one of the first to improve his time from the earlier session. Fernando Alonso and Panis also improved, Jenson Button up to eighth and Michael Schumacher taking third fastest.

Kimi Raikkonen was first into the 1:13s, the McLaren setting a quickest of 1:13.946. Schumacher was next up, four tenths faster, while Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello went third. Jarno Trulli improved to second for Renault and Giancarlo Fisichella was much better than session one, up in to sixth early on.

It was an active session but a relatively uneventful one --Toyota's Cristiano da Matta spun in the second sector and was removed by the marshals but he was the only casualty. Despite the track activity there were not a great deal of improvements -- Oliver Panis shot to the top of the times with a 1:13.457 with about ten minutes remaining.

David Coulthard moved up to fifth, Jenson Button to twelfth and nobody could better Panis' best time. Final top eight classification: Panis; M. Schumacher; Trulli; Coulthard; Montoya; Raikkonen; Barrichello; Webber.

Barrichello top Brazilian GP Saturday practice 1

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Ralph Firman , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Jordan